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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150993/overexpression-of-mir-31-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-pbmc-from-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#1
Mengmeng Wang, Li Wang, Xu Zhang, Xiao Yang, Xiaona Li, Qing Xia, Mengya Chen, Renfang Han, Rui Liu, Shengqian Xu, Faming Pan
BACKGROUND miRNAs play vital roles in regulating immunologic functions and autoimmunity. However, the levels of miR-31, miR-155, miR-16, and miR-181a have not been explored in AS, but were verified to play vital roles in other immunological diseases. The aim of our study was to examine whether the expressions of miR-31, miR-155, miR-16, and miR-181a are abnormal in AS. MATERIAL AND METHODS Real-time transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis (RT-PCR) was used to determine the expression of miR-31, miR-155, miR-16, and miR-181a in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from 40 patients with AS and 40 healthy controls...
November 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150968/effects-of-blue-light-on-inflammation-and-skin-barrier-recovery-following-acute-perturbation-pilot-study-results-in-healthy-human-subjects
#2
Denise Falcone, Natallia E Uzunbajakava, Frank van Abeelen, Gerrit Oversluizen, Malou Peppelman, Piet E J van Erp, Peter C M van de Kerkhof
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: While growing evidence supports the therapeutic effect of 453 nm blue light in chronic inflammatory skin diseases, data on its effects on acutely-perturbed human skin are scarce. In this study we investigated the impact of 453 nm narrow-band LED light on healthy skin following acute perturbation. METHODS: Tape stripping and histamine iontophoresis were performed on the forearm of 22 healthy volunteers on two consecutive weeks. In one week, challenges were followed by irradiation for 30 minutes...
November 18, 2017: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150952/ck-2127107-amplifies-skeletal-muscle-response-to-nerve-activation-in-humans
#3
Jinsy A Andrews, Timothy M Miller, Vipin Vijayakumar, Randall Stoltz, Joyce K James, Lisa Meng, Andrew A Wolff, Fady I Malik
INTRODUCTION: Three studies evaluated safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of CK-2127107 (CK-107), a next-generation fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA), in healthy subjects. We tested the hypothesis that CK-107 would amplify the force-frequency response of muscle in humans. METHODS: To assess the force-frequency response, subjects received single doses of CK-107 and placebo in a randomized, double-blind, 4-period, crossover study...
November 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150948/methylation-associated-dok1-and-dok2-down-regulation-potential-biomarkers-for-predicting-adverse-prognosis-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#4
Pin-Fang He, Zi-Jun Xu, Jing-Dong Zhou, Xi-Xi Li, Wei Zhang, De-Hong Wu, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Xin-Yue Lian, Xin-Yu Yao, Zhao-Qun Deng, Jiang Lin, Jun Qian
DOK-1 and DOK-2 (DOK1/2) are closely related members of downstream of tyrosine kinase (DOK) family genes, which are found to be frequently rearranged in several hematopoietic cancers. However, the clinical implications of DOK1/2 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain largely unknown. To investigate the clinical significance, real-time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) was carried out to detect DOK1/2 expressions in 125 de novo AML patients and 28 healthy controls. Real-time quantitative methylation-specific PCR (RQ-MSP) and bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP) were applied to detect DOK1/2 methylation level and density...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150907/sensitivity-of-doping-biomarkers-after-administration-of-a-single-dose-testosterone-gel
#5
Jenny Mullen, Annica Börjesson, Oscar Hopcraft, Jenny J Schulze, Magnus Ericsson, Anders Rane, Mikael Lehtihet, Lena Ekström
Micro-doping with testosterone (T) is challenging to detect with the current doping tests. Today, the methods available to detect T are longitudinally monitoring of urine biomarkers in the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and measuring the isotopic composition of excreted biomarkers to distinguish the origin of the molecule. In this study, we investigated the detectability of a single dose of 100 mg T gel in 8 healthy male subjects. We also studied which biomarkers were most sensitive to T gel administration, including blood biomarkers...
November 18, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150903/phylogenetic-and-genetic-variation-analyses-of-porcine-circovirus-type-2-isolated-from-china
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S Yang, S Yin, Y Shang, B Liu, L Yuan, M U Zafar Khan, X Liu, J Cai
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a causative agent of PCV2-associated disease, which is a growing problem in the swine industry worldwide. High nucleotide substitution occurs in the capsid (Cap) gene of PCV2, which allows the continuous evolution and the emergence of novel PCV2 strains. In this study, we sequenced 24 Chinese PCV2 strains collected from healthy and diseased pigs between 2013 and 2015. Analyses of the genome, Cap and phylogeny classified the 24 Chinese PCV2 strains as PCV-2a (four of 24), PCV-2b (five of 24) and PCV-2d (15 of 24)...
November 17, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150870/acute-and-recurrent-facial-pustulosis-a-unique-clinical-entity
#7
Anthony K Guzman, Lisa K Pappas-Taffer, Dirk M Elston, William D James
We report a series of three patients encountered in a tertiary referral center that share a rare constellation of clinical and histopathologic findings. In each case, a healthy female patient reported recurrent episodes of rapidly-appearing, tightly-clustered, fine pustules on a background of light erythema involving the chin, forehead, cheeks, and neck (Figure 1). These episodic eruptions, which occurred approximately 4-6 episodes per year, were associated with mild pruritus, and relapsed and remitted within 5 days without therapeutic intervention...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150855/thalamic-volume-reduction-in-drug-naive-patients-with-new-onset-genetic-generalized-epilepsy
#8
Suejen Perani, Tim M Tierney, Maria Centeno, Elhum A Shamshiri, Siti N Yaakub, Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh, David W Carmichael, Mark P Richardson
OBJECTIVE: Patients with genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE) have subtle morphologic abnormalities of the brain revealed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particularly in the thalamus. However, it is unclear whether morphologic abnormalities of the brain in GGE are a consequence of repeated seizures over the duration of the disease, or are a consequence of treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), or are independent of these factors. Therefore, we measured brain morphometry in a cohort of AED-naive patients with GGE at disease onset...
November 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150847/chronic-sun-exposure-is-associated-with-distinct-histone-acetylation-changes-in-human-skin
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S Ding, J Chen, Q Zeng, J Lu, L Tan, A Guo, J Kang, S Yang, Y Xiang, C Zuo, J Huang
BACKGROUND: Photoaging is attributed to continuous sunlight or artificial UV exposure and manifests the clinical and histological changes of skin. Epigenetic changes have been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of photoaging. However, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. OBJECTIVES: To analyse histone modification patterns in sun-exposed and non-exposed skins, and identify the abnormally histone modified-genes related to photoaging. METHODS: Skin biopsies were collected both from the outer forearm (sun-exposed area) and the buttock (sun-protected area) in 20 healthy middle-aged female volunteers...
November 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150845/effect-of-sorbitol-on-the-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-lamivudine-oral-solution-in-adults-an-open-label-randomized-study
#10
Kimberly Adkison, Allen Wolstenholme, Yu Lou, Zhiping Zhang, Amy Eld, Teodora Perger, Harald Vangerow, Katy Hayward, Mark Shaefer, Cynthia McCoig
In children aged ≤4 years, the relative bioavailability of lamivudine oral solution was 37% lower than that of a tablet formulation. An open-label, 4-way crossover study was conducted in healthy adults to evaluate the effect of sorbitol, a common liquid excipient, on the pharmacokinetics of lamivudine oral solution (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, NCT02634073). Sixteen subjects were randomized to 1 of 4 sequences consisting of 4 doses of lamivudine 300 mg (10 mg/mL) alone or with sorbitol 3.2, 10.2, or 13...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150804/using-citrus-aurantifolia-essential-oil-for-the-potential-biocontrol-of-colocasia-esculenta-taro-leaf-blight-caused-by-phytophthora-colocasiae
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Séverin Nguemezi Tchameni, Staelle Njamou Mbiakeu, Modeste Lambert Sameza, Pierre Michel Dongmo Jazet, François Tchoumbougnang
The aim of this work was to evaluate the antimicrobial activities of leaves and epicarp of Citrus aurantifolia essential oil against Phytophthora colocasiae, the causative agent of taro leaf blight. Oils were extracted by hydrodistillation, and their chemical composition was determined by gas chromatography and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Antimicrobial activities of oils were tested in vitro against mycelium growth and sporangium production. In situ tests were done on healthy taro leaves, and the necrosis symptoms were evaluated...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150770/population-in-vitro-in-vivo-pharmacokinetic-model-of-first-pass-metabolism-itraconazole-and-hydroxy-itraconazole
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Ahmad Y Abuhelwa, Stuart Mudge, Richard N Upton, David J R Foster
The aim of this study was to develop a population in vitro-in vivo pharmacokinetic model that simultaneously describe the absorption and accumulation kinetics of itraconazole (ICZ) and hydroxy-itraconazole (HICZ) in healthy subjects. The model integrated meta-models of gastrointestinal pH and gastrointestinal transit time and in vitro dissolution models of ICZ with the absorption and disposition kinetics of ICZ and HICZ. Mean concentration intravenous data, and single- and multi-dose oral data were used for model development...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150755/comparative-hair-trace-element-profile-in-the-population-of-sakhalin-and-taiwan-pacific-islands
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Anatoly V Skalny, Margarita G Skalnaya, Eugeny P Serebryansky, Irina V Zhegalova, Andrei R Grabeklis, Oxana A Skalnaya, Anastasia A Skalnaya, Pai-Tsang Huang, Cheng-Chi Wu, Anatoly T Bykov, Alexey A Tinkov
The objective of the current study is to perform a comparative analysis of hair trace element content in 393 apparently healthy adults living in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (94 women and 46 men) and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin, Russia (186 women and 67 men). The obtained data indicate that Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk inhabitants were characterized by significantly higher hair Co, Cr, Mn, and V levels, exceeding the respective Taipei values by a factor of 3, 2, 7, and 5, respectively (all p < 0.001). Hair Cu, Fe, and Si levels were also higher in examinees from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk than those from Taipei by 10% (p = 0...
November 17, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150746/correlation-between-quantitative-pivot-shift-and-generalized-joint-laxity-a-prospective-multicenter-study-of-acl-ruptures
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David Sundemo, Anna Blom, Yuichi Hoshino, Ryosuke Kuroda, Nicola Francesco Lopomo, Stefano Zaffagnini, Volker Musahl, James J Irrgang, Jón Karlsson, Kristian Samuelsson
PURPOSE: To investigate whether an increased magnitude of quantitative rotatory knee laxity is associated with a greater level of generalized joint laxity in ACL-injured and contralateral knees. METHODS: A total of 103 patients were enrolled across four international centers to undergo anatomic ACL reconstruction. Rotatory knee laxity was evaluated preoperatively, both in the awake state and under anesthesia, using the standardized pivot shift test. Two devices were used to quantify rotatory knee laxity; an inertial sensor, measuring the joint acceleration, and an image analysis system, measuring the lateral compartment translation of the tibia...
November 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150745/alignment-in-the-transverse-plane-but-not-sagittal-or-coronal-plane-affects-the-risk-of-recurrent-patella-dislocation
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Shigeru Takagi, Takashi Sato, Satoshi Watanabe, Osamu Tanifuji, Tomoharu Mochizuki, Go Omori, Naoto Endo
PURPOSE: Abnormalities of lower extremity alignment (LEA) in recurrent patella dislocation (RPD) have been studied mostly by two-dimensional (2D) procedures leaving three-dimensional (3D) factors unknown. This study aimed to three-dimensionally examine risk factors for RPD in lower extremity alignment under the weight-bearing conditions. METHODS: The alignment of 21 limbs in 15 RPD subjects was compared to the alignment of 24 limbs of 12 healthy young control subjects by an our previously reported 2D-3D image-matching technique...
November 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150726/tspo-imaging-using-the-novel-pet-ligand-18-f-ge-180-quantification-approaches-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Lena Vomacka, Nathalie Lisa Albert, Simon Lindner, Marcus Unterrainer, Christoph Mahler, Matthias Brendel, Larissa Ermoschkin, Astrid Gosewisch, Anika Brunegraf, Christopher Buckley, Tania Kümpfel, Rainer Rupprecht, Sibylle Ziegler, Martin Kerschensteiner, Peter Bartenstein, Guido Böning
BACKGROUND: PET ligands targeting the translocator protein (TSPO) represent promising tools to visualise neuroinflammation. Here, we analysed parameters obtained in dynamic and static PET images using the novel TSPO ligand [(18)F]GE-180 in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and an approach for semi-quantitative assessment of this disease in clinical routine. Seventeen dynamic [(18)F]GE-180 PET scans of RRMS patients were evaluated (90 min). A pseudo-reference region (PRR) was defined after identification of the least disease-affected brain area by voxel-based comparison with six healthy controls (HC) and upon exclusion of voxels suspected of being affected in static 60-90 min p...
October 26, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150696/impact-of-prolonged-overfeeding-on-skeletal-muscle-mitochondria-in-healthy-individuals
#17
Frederico G S Toledo, Darcy L Johannsen, Jeffrey D Covington, Sudip Bajpeyi, Bret Goodpaster, Kevin E Conley, Eric Ravussin
AIMS/HYPOTHESES: Reduced mitochondrial capacity in skeletal muscle has been observed in obesity and type 2 diabetes. In humans, the aetiology of this abnormality is not well understood but the possibility that it is secondary to the stress of nutrient overload has been suggested. To test this hypothesis, we examined whether sustained overfeeding decreases skeletal muscle mitochondrial content or impairs function. METHODS: Twenty-six healthy volunteers (21 men, 5 women, age 25...
November 17, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150679/dynamics-of-high-frequency-brain-activity
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Steven X Moffett, Sean M O'Malley, Shushuang Man, Dawei Hong, Joseph V Martin
Evidence suggests that electroencephalographic (EEG) activity extends far beyond the traditional frequency range. Much of the prior study of >120 Hz EEG is in epileptic brains. In the current work, we measured EEG activity in the range of 200 to 2000 Hz, in the brains of healthy, spontaneously behaving rats. Both arrhythmic (1/f-type) and rhythmic (band) activities were identified and their properties shown to depend on EEG-defined stage of sleep/wakefulness. The inverse power law exponent of 1/f-type noise is shown to decrease from 3...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150648/shedding-light-on-the-neonatal-brain-probing-cerebral-hemodynamics-by-diffuse-optical-spectroscopic-methods
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Parisa Farzam, Erin M Buckley, Pei-Yi Lin, Katherine Hagan, P Ellen Grant, Terrie Eleanor Inder, Stefan A Carp, Maria Angela Franceschini
Investigating the cerebral physiology of healthy term newborns' brains is important for better understanding perinatal brain injuries, of which the most common etiologies are hypoxia and ischemia. Hence, cerebral blood flow and cerebral oxygenation are important biomarkers of brain health. In this study, we employed a hybrid diffuse optical system consisting of diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) and frequency-domain near infrared spectroscopy (FDNIRS) to measure hemoglobin concentration, oxygen saturation, and indices of cerebral blood flow and metabolism...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150646/body-size-estimation-in-women-with-anorexia-nervosa-and-healthy-controls-using-3d-avatars
#20
Katri K Cornelissen, Kristofor McCarty, Piers L Cornelissen, Martin J Tovée
A core feature of anorexia nervosa is an over-estimation of body size. However, quantifying this over-estimation has been problematic as existing methodologies introduce a series of artefacts and inaccuracies in the stimuli used for judgements of body size. To overcome these problems, we have: (i) taken 3D scans of 15 women who have symptoms of anorexia (referred to henceforth as anorexia spectrum disorders, ANSD) and 15 healthy control women, (ii) used a 3D modelling package to build avatars from the scans, (iii) manipulated the body shapes of these avatars to reflect biometrically accurate, continuous changes in body mass index (BMI), (iv) used these personalized avatars as stimuli to allow the women to estimate their body size...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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